Employee Spotlight: John Hoffman, Senior Scientist


Stratos Genomics Employee Spotlight is an intermittent feature on our blog that highlights our talented and dedicated staff. March's spotlight is on Senior Scientist, John Hoffman.

Describe your role at Stratos Genomics.
I’m a senior scientist in the Detection Engineering group and my current project is to develop a nanopore array system, which is used for highly parallel Xpandomer sequencing. Since our group is primarily engineers, we’re a little removed from the others at Stratos Genomics. However, this affords us a unique perspective as we are developing the interface between the measurement and biological aspects of our technology. 

What do you look forward to when you come to work every day?
Solving problems and adding to my knowledge “toolbox”.  My previous research experience was focused on polymer chemistry, biochemistry, and microfluidics. At Stratos Genomics I’ve been exposed to a wide variety of topics I’ve never engaged with, including: oligonucleotide synthesis, molecular biology and signal processing. Every day is an opportunity to be exposed to new concepts and I am lucky to be surrounded by a team of gracious people willing to teach me. 

Describe your biggest “win” on a project.
Having been at Stratos Genomics for over 4 years, there have been a number of highlight moments.  The most memorable have been sequencing 200-mers using Xprobes and the first 10-mers using X-NTPs. After several years of hard work and determination by the entire team, seeing the successful demonstration of the Xpandomer concept was really special.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work I’m either spending time with my wife and dog, reading a book or playing soccer. 

Little-known fact about you that would surprise people:
In middle school I was a member of the Northwest Boychoir here in Seattle, WA. In my short time with the choir, I had the good fortune to take part in the recording of 2 albums as well as a televised Christmas special filmed at St. James Cathedral. Lately I haven’t done much singing outside of the shower, but since the choir is still going strong after 30+ years, I still get out to see a show every once in a while.

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